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Does my monthly donation go directly to my child?

The SMI sponsorship model is to give sponsors a personal relationship with their sponsored child while nurturing the partnership with the child’s parent/guardian. Through the combining of donations from sponsors, we are able to facilitate our programs and provide the resources needed that will create long term success and bring true transformation. We do not give finances directly to the guardians/families we are working with, but instead use them (THE FUNDS) to help with supplemental food, education, and other necessities.

Am I the only sponsor for my child?

Currently the primary school aged children in the village sponsorship program have one sponsor but in some cases, depending on the individual needs of the children, there may be more. Children in full-time care, like Hope Children’s Home or foster families, have a family of sponsors to supplement their care. With a group of people working together, we can provide full-time care for children despite transition of sponsors.

What will I receive as a sponsor?

Once we receive your first monthly sponsorship donation, we will send you a sponsorship packet which includes a photo and information on your child. Throughout the year we will provide you with updates, letters and drawings from your child.  You may write to your sponsored child as often as you wish, however due to logistical restraints, not every letter that you write to your child will be answered.

There are many opportunities for you to become involved in your sponsored child’s life by participating in our Birthday, Easter, and Christmas programs. We suggest $25 for each sponsored child. This allows us to use the funds collected to purchase gifts as well as organizing parties for the children. You are also welcomed and encouraged to visit your sponsored child in Uganda while a part of a Show Mercy trip. The children get so excited when they get to meet those who have been sowing into their lives through finances and encouragement….

May I write to my sponsored child?

Yes, you may. We encourage you to write to your sponsored child. Cards and letters must be mailed to our US office where they will be forwarded to the children periodically.

Here are a few suggestions when writing your child: Write about things that your sponsored child will understand, such as family, pets, work, church, hobbies, tastes in food, music and activities. Encourage your child’s learning and remind your child that you are thinking of them often and praying for him/her. Please do not discuss politics or governmental issues. Please do not ask your child if there is anything they need or desire. We are working with our children to be thankful for what they have received and helping to break them out of a “poverty” mindset. When you are in great need, you can find your provision through begging, but we are training up our children in a different way. To ensure your privacy, please do not include your address or contact information in your letter. Please mail your letter to: Show Mercy International PO Box 1003, Port Gibson, MS 39150.

May I send gifts to my sponsored child?

It is very challenging to send gifts from the US to Uganda. Since space is limited when we travel we only allow items that are flat and will fit into a 6×9 envelope or Ziploc bag. You might consider sending small photo albums with pictures, book marks, stickers, pencils, etc. We ask that you not send candy or money to the children. We also ask that you remove all packaging and waste. Since Uganda does not have a waste management program like we do here in the states, trash/waste is challenging to dispose of, especially plastics.

We do provide opportunities for you to participate in purchasing larger gifts but please do not feel obligated. Our team in Uganda uses the funds collected to purchase gifts as well as organizing parties for the children. Some of the holidays we celebrate with our children are: Birthdays, Easter, Primary School Graduation and Christmas….

May I visit my sponsored child?

Yes and we encourage it. SMI has planned trips several times a year that you are welcome to join. On this trip, you will have the chance to meet and spend quality time with your sponsored child. We ask that you do this through an organized Show Mercy trip and not independently. However, if you are visiting Uganda independently, you are welcome to set up arrangements through our SMI team to visit your child. The children often ask when their sponsors will visit them. They get so excited to meet and spend time with those who have sown into their lives both financially and through encouraging letters. You will certainly be impacted in a powerful way when you come and visit the child that has been a part of your life.

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What if my child leaves the Show Mercy program?

On occasions, your child may have to move or withdraw from the sponsorship program. There can be a number of reasons for this occurring including families relocating to other villages. When this happens, we will inform you and assign another wonderful child in need of love and care for you to sponsor. SMI will also mail you a packet of information about your new child.

How long is my sponsorship commitment? What happens to my child, if I have to stop my sponsorship?

Depending on the age of the child, and where they are currently in school, will determine how long the child is a part of the SMI program. If you make a commitment to sponsor a child and are unable to continue, we ask that you help us find a new sponsor for that child. You can help by encouraging your friends or family to adopt your sponsorship so we can continue helping your child.

Does my child live in an orphanage?

The majority of the children we are working with live with a parent/guardian. SMI is partnering with Hope Children’s Home and caring for close to fifty children. However, we are moving our program to a community based care model and the remaining Hope kids are transitioning into family village life.

 

Will Show Mercy remind me of when my support is due?

You have the option of paying for the whole year at one time, or donating monthly. We encourage you to consider either setting up an automatic “bill pay” with your bank, setting up a monthly electronic debit from your account (e-check)or providing a credit or debit card for us to charge each month to cover your sponsorship. If you choose to donate monthly by check, we will also include a remittance envelope with your receipt for you to mail your next donation in.

How can I pay for my sponsorship?

We try to make it as convenient as possible for all of our partners when it comes to making your sponsorship donations. You can pay with a check, money order, cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. We can even receive a voided check from your bank account and have the funds withdrawn each month on a date that you choose. If you pay monthly, we will send you a monthly acknowledgement that will include an envelope for your next month sponsorship. You can also choose the frequency of your sponsorship. You can pay monthly, quarterly or yearly. Debit cards, credit cards or e-checks are preferential to Show Mercy because the provide less administrative expenses and time to process. However, whatever way you choose will be greatly appreciated by the children you are supporting.

Do you have additional questions? If so, please feel free to contact us!

Address

Show Mercy International
P.O. Box 1003
Port Gibson, MS 39150

Phone: (601) 535-2790
Email: info@showmercy.org